We are currently witnessing the highest levels of movement on record - the United Nations estimates that one out of every seven people in the world is an international or internal migrant. When Home Won't Let You Stay highlights the diversity of artistic responses to migration and includes artworks in a wide range of media made since 2000. Artists included in the exhibition are Kader Attia, Tania Bruguera, Isaac Julien, Hayv Kahraman, Reena Saini Kallat, Richard Mosse, Carlos Motta, Yinka Shonibare, Xaviera Simmons, and Do-Ho Suh, among others.
The exhibition concludes with Yinka Shonibare CBE's 'The American Library' (2018), a room filled floor-to-ceiling with over 6,000 books bound in Dutch wax cloth and imprinted in gold with the names of individuals who are first or second generation immigrants, or descendants of those who moved during the Great Migration, and have made a contribution to American culture. The work's interactive web platform invites visitors to learn more about the individuals named, and to contribute their family's own migration stories, establishing the library as an ever expanding, always unfinished archive.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with an essay by Eva Respini and Ruth Erickson and texts by prominent scholars Aruna D'Souza, Okwui Enwezor, Thomas Keenan, Peggy Levitt, and Uday Singh Mehta, among others. This exhibition is organized by Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, and Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, with Ellen Tani, Assistant Curator.
23 October 2019–26 January 2020
Yinka Shonibare CBE at ICA Boston